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mccould youan are on the floor. >> reporter: good evening. this arena is electric. the acoustics are outstanding. >> the biggest applause line so far, followed a video tribute for the late senator kennedy from massachusetts. after that, a number of references -- [inaudible], a direct reference to the 18 electoral votes in ohio. the obama team believes that 1 in 18 voters in ohio are connect to the automobile industry. i asked about the michelleobama speech and i was told it was outstanding. ann romney was speaking this night last week in tampa. expect the same tonight from the first lady. >> thank you very much. behind me, governor o'malley is speaking. let's check in. >> we will check in with market a. what do you see on the floor
there? >> reporter: lots of enthusiasm. everybody excited for michelle obama's speech down here. the campaign says that her primary task will be to speak as her husband's character witness as the person who has stood by him for 3 1/2 years, seen the way he makes decisions and to try to convince independent voters that her husband deserves to have the job for four more years. her work is cut out for her. we are seeing some slippage in president obama's numbers with women. if you go back to the launch of the war on women that the democrats say that the g.o.p. was promullingating, it doesn't seem to be working for the obama campaign. they have seen a little bit of traction in those numbers and the momentum seems to be heading in the right direction for mitt romney, although he still is weaker, with women, according to those polls. somebody who has no problems with approval numbers is michelle obama. very strong numbers in the 64%
approval rating. so she is clearly going to be popular with the crowd tonight. you can't underestimate the portions of the task before herful her husband is in a razor-tight election. they need to win back women in a big way. we will be watching from the floor. back to you. >> thank you. >> let's bring in our panel for thoughts. former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to george w. bush, karl rove, and kirsten powers and fox news senior political analyst, brit hume. we can't hear you unless you hold up your mike. brit, we start with you. we will see the young san an antonio mayor and he will, according to the democrats, be electric. >> he is making his debut as a national figure tonight. keynote addresses have been steppingstones for politicians in the past.
witness barack obama in 2004. this 37-year-old man has been the youngest mayor of any major american city. he is a figure not well known to me. i am interested to hear what he has to say and see if he lives up to the billing. >> they are not downplaying the expectations, but they are raising him. poor mayor castro. what does michelle obama need to do? we talked about how ann romney need to bring us mitt romney, the man. >> i happening she has to do the same thing. martha was talking about with women, michelle has very high approval ratings overall and she's very appealing to the type of women that president obama needs to have turning out for him, which are women who are identify with her role as a working mother before she was in the white house. i think that her story that she always tells of how they both came from these humble beginnings where they understand and they relate with the average american. she is going to talk about how
barack obama makes decisions and how he is a man of integrity and how he can make the tough decisions in a way, i think that can make people feel secure. >> karl, break it down for the focus on women and the focus on hispanics and why that's so important for this president and his campaign? >> well, and you need to have three groups focused, women, they have a gender gap. the gap among men is on romney's behalf, is bigger than the gap of women towards obam a. they decided they can't close the gap with men, so they are going to try to build the gap with women and their advantage. hispanics, president obama knows they were critical to his victory inuent 08 and he knows that the enthusiasm is very low among hispanics. we are likely to see the hispanic turnout flatline. young people -- think about this. his margin among young people with 7.8 million votes and he
won by 9.2 million. we know their enthusiasm and their support is down. he won by 34 points and the latest poll, he is ahead in 18 to 29-year-olds. they have to meetivate them, energize them and keep them solid in his camp. >> in three states, three battleground state it's florida, colorado, nevada -- that group, hispanics will be key. >> yes. and look, those three states represent the different faces of latino voters. florida has the most diverse population because it has a huge group of cubans in the south and the puerto rico and central americans, elsewhere. in nevada, they have a lot of mexican-americans, colorado has a lot of mexican-americans. you are right. they're going to be a key voter group. if they don't turn out in the numbers of 2008 and the support is not same as it was in 2008, he could lose all three
stateses. remember in florida, you won by 2.8%. so heave continues to see a decline. >> want to take tout convention floor, where we are seeing joaquin castro, he is the identical twin brother of the keynote speaker. he is a minute younger than mayor castro, who is about to give the keynote address. he will be introducing his brother. let's take a listen. >> and big dreams in our neighborhood on the west side of san antonio. our hometown is a beautiful place of hard-working, beautiful folks who grind out work during the day and come home to say prayers at night. huellian has worked tirelessly to pursue policies that honor the aspirations of the people he represents. i am proud of my brother and his dreams and more proud of the work he has done to help others
achieve theirs. today, san antonio is our state's largest city, on the rise that looks like america tomorrow. huellian's a dedicated husband to his wife, erica, a public school teacher and a wonderful father to his 3-year-old daughter. karina. i present to you, my best friend, my twin brother, san antonio mayor, huellian castro. julienne >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you.
>> my fellow democrats, my fellow american, my fellow texans -- herg cheering. >> i stand before you tonight, as a young american, a proud american of a generation born as the cold war receded, shaked by the trag dev 9/11, connected by the digital revolution and determined to re-elect the man who will make the 21st century another american century, president barack obama! >> the unlikely journey began many millings from this podium. me brother and i grew up with my mother, rosy and my grandmother,
victoria. my grandmother was an orphan, as a young girl she moved from mexico to san antonio, where relative his agreed to take her in. she never made it past the fourth grade. she had to drop out and start working to help her family. my grandmother spent her whole life, working as a maid, a cook and a baby-sitter, barely scraping by. but still, working hard to give my mother, her only child, a chance in life, so my mother could give my brother and me an even better one. as my grandmother got older, she begged my mother to give her grandchildren, she prayed for one grandbaby before she died. you can imagine her excitement when she found out her prayers would be answer audio twice over. she was so excited that the day before joaquin and i were born, she entered a menudo cookoff and won $300. that's how she paid our hospital
bill. by the time joaquin and i came along, this incredible woman had taught herself to read and write in both spannish and english. i can still see her in the room that joaquin and i shared with her, reading her agatha christie novels rate into -- late into the night. kiremember her every morning as we walked out to school, making the sign of the crosdz behind us, saying... [speaking spanish] >> may god bless you. my grandmother didn't live to see our lives of public service. but she probably would have thought it extraordinary that two generations after her coming to san antonio that one would be the mayor of san antonio and the other would be on his way, god willing -- to the united states congress!
my family's story isn't special. what is special is the america that makes our story possible. ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journey can be made in a single generation, no matter you who are or where you come from, the path is always forward. america didn't become the land of opportunity by accident. my grandmother's generation and generations before always saw beyond the horizons of their own lives and their own circumstances. they believed that opportunity created today would lead to prosperity tomorrow. that's the country they envisioned and that's the country they helped build. the roads and bridges they built, the schools and universities they created, the rights they fought for and won, these open the doors to a decent
job, a secure retirement, the chance for your children to do better than you did. that's the middle class, the until of our economic growth. with hard work, everybody ought to be able to get there. with hard work, everybody ought to be able to stay there. and go beyond. the dream of raising a family in a place where hard work is rewarded is not unique to americans. it's a human dream. one that calls across oceans and borders. the dream is universal, but america makes it possible. and our investment and opportunity make its a reality. makes it a reality. [cheering] now, in texas... [cheering] >> we believe in the rugged
individual. texas may be the one place where people actually still have boot straps. and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. but we also recognize that there are some things we can't do alone. we have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow. and it starts with education. [cheering] 20 years ago, joaquin and i left home for college and then for law school. and those classrooms, we met some of the brightest folks in the world. but at the end of our days there, i couldn't help but to think back to my klaas mates at thomas jefferson high school in san antonio -- that they had the
same talent, the same brains and the same dreams as the folks at stanford and harvard. the difference wasn't one of intelligence or drive. the difference was opportunity. in my city of san antonio, we get that. so we are working to insure that more four-year-olds have access to pre-k. we opened cafe college, where students get help with everything from college test prep to financial aid paperwork, we know you can't be pro-business unless you are pro-education. [cheering] we know that pre-k and student loans are not charity, they are a smart investment in a workforce that can dispil create the jobs of tomorrow. we are investing in young minds today to be competitive in the
global economy tomorrow. and it is paying off. last year, the milk institute ranked san antonio as the nation's top performing local economy. and we are only getting started. opportunity today, prosperity tomorrow. now, like many of you, i watched last week's republican convention [boos from crowd]. >> and they told a few stories of individual success. we all celebrate individual success. but the question is, how do we multiply that success? the answer is president barack obama! mitt romney, quite simply
doesn't get t. a few months ago, he visited a university in ohio and gave students there a little entrepreneurial advice. start a business, he said. but how? borrow money, if you have to, from your parents, he told them. gee... why didn't i think of that? some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn't determine whether you can pursue your dream, not in america, not here, not in the 21st century. i don't think governor romney meant any harm. i think he's a good guy. he just has no idea how good he's had it. >> we know in our free-market economy, some will prosper more
than others. what we don't accept is the idea that some folks won't even get a chance and the thing is, mitt romney and the republican party are perfectly comfortable with that, america. in fact, that's exactly what they're promising us, the romney/ryan budget doesn't just cut public education, cut medicare, cut transportation and cut job training. it doesn't just pummel the middle class tdismantles it. it dismantle what is generations before have built to insure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class. when it comes to getting the middle class back to work, mitt romney says, no. when it comes to respecting women's rights, mitt romney says no. when it comes to letting people love who they love and marry who they want to marry, mitt romney says, no! when it comes to expanding access to good health care, mitt romney says no [crowd cheering
in] >> actually... actually... actually... [cheering] mitt romney said yes and now he says, no! governor romney is undergone an extreme makeover. and it ain't pretty! so here's what we are going to say to mitt romney in november. we are going to say, no! of all the fictions we heard last week in tamp athe one i find most troubling is this, if we all just go our own way, our nation will be stronger for it. because if we sever the threads that connect us, the only people who will go far are those who are already ahead.
we all understand that freedom isn't free. what romney and ryan don't understand that nerk -- is that neither is opportunity. we have to invest in it. republicans tell us that among the most prosperous do even better, that somehow the rest of us will, too. folks... we have heard that before. first they called it trickle-down. then they called it supply side. now it's romney/ryan, or is it ryan/romney? either wayings, it failed. our economy failed. the middle class paid the price. your family paid the price. mitt romney just doesn't get it! [cheering] >> but barack obama gets it.
he understands that when we invest in people, we are investing in our shared prosperity. when we ignore that, we risk our promise as a nation. just a few years ago, families that had never asked for anything found themselves at risk of losing everything. and the dream my grandmother held that work would be rewarded, that the middle class would be there, if not for her, then for her children, that dream was being crushed. but then, president obama took office and he took action. when detroit was in trouble, president obama saved the auto industry and saved a million jobs. [cheering] >> seven presidents before him -- republicans and democrat, tried to expand health care to all americans. president obama got it done. [cheering]
he made an historic investment to lift our nation's public schools and expand pel grants so more young people can afford college. because he knows that we don't have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants. [cheering] oche now it's time for congress to enshrine in law the only place to pursue their dream, in the only place they have ever called home -- america! four years ago, americans stood on the brink of a depression, despite incredible odds and united republican opposition, our president took action. and now, we have seen 4.5 million new jobs. he knows better than anyone that there is more hard work to do.
but we are making progress. and now, we need to make a choice. it is a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less or a country where everybody pays their fair share so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. [cheers and applause] >> it's a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts pel grants or a nation that invests more in education. and it's a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship americanions overseas or a leader who brings jobs back home. this is a choice before us. and to me, to my generation and for all of the gen rages to come, our choice is clear. how choice is a man who has always chosen us, a man who
already is our president, barack obama! the american dream is know a sprint or even a marathon, but a relay. our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. but hee each generation passes on to the next, the fruits of their labor. my grandmother never owned a house. she cleaned other people's houses so she could afford to rent her own. but she saw her daughter become the first in her family to
three-year-old girl, karina victoria, named after my grandmother. a couple of mondays ago, a couple of mondays ago, was her first dave pre-k. as we dropped her off, we walked out of the class scproom i found myself whispering to her as was once whispered to me... [speaking spanish] >> "may god bless you." she is still young and her dreams are far off yet. but i hope she will reach them. as a dad, i am going to do my part. i know she will do hers. but our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part as one community, one united states of america, to insure opportunity for all of our children. the days we live in are not easy
ones, but we have seen days like this before and america prevailed with the wisdom of our founders and the values of our families, america prevailed. with each generation going further than the last, america prevailed. and with the opportunity we build today for a shared prosperity tomorrow, america will prevail! it gibs with re-electing barack obama! it begins with you! it begins now! [speaking spanish] >> my god bless you. and may god bless the united states of america! thank you!
>> the beautiful thing about being first lady is that i have the privilege of meeting folks from different backgrounds and hearing what's going on in their lives. know that when our men and women in uniform are called to serve, their families serve right alongside them. we are trying to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation. when the world is swirling around you and you're faced with tough challenges, if your family's good, you are good. it's any family in this country struggle, then we cannot be fully content with our family's good fortune because that is not what we do in this country.
that is not who we are. that is not who we are! >> our house growing up was extremely modest. i remember our bedroom being formally the living room that my parents divided using paneling. >> it carved the room out into two small rooms that were small enough for a twin bedroom and a desk. a special treat was that we could sleep on the back porch when things got hot. >> i was raised to have fun where we were with what we had. and it seemed like it was okay. >> neither one of our parents went to college. but with a lot of love, a lot of caring, we were afforded an opportunity to go to college. >> we didn't say, you should be
a lawyer or you should be a school teacher. it was, you should get an education. >> we had to take out student loans in order to pay for those. >> i know now how much my father had to work and struggle because he had to take out loans to cover his portion of our tuition. >> he understood his responsibilities that despite this hardship, despite his challenges, he was going to be there for his kids, always, no matter what. >> my husband did not feel like m.s. was a battle. he would bounce out of bed and almost sing his way out the door to work -- on crutches. and that would sort of wake me up and i am sure that did the same thing for the kids. >> we did a lot of laughing in our household. all of that happened in those
few rooms. >> michelle obama is stepping into america'sy most traditional role, a full-time, unpaid job of first lady. >> part of what makes her extraordinary is that she has been able to continue to be down to earth, even as the first lady. i mean, she's just michelle. our friendship developed, i think, because we both have an interest in military families. when i met michelle, she said what do you think would be the issue that you are most interested in. and i said, military families. >> i said to jill, i said, that's what i would like to do. that's where it all began. >> vidone 3 tours. it's meant a lot to our family in difficult times just to know that there are folks in the white house, going in the same direction with us. >> whether it be helping homeless veterans through
employment, trying to incorporate the military culture into the school system, helping spouses findions, it's all coming together. >> she genuinely seems to care and wants to know what the militaryfa families are going through, so she can make changes on the national level. >> she you don't even ask for much. so we should be able to step up in whatever way we can. >> thew that 1% of the country is serving to protect the freedoms of the other 99% of us. my view is that there is a lot more we can do to help those who make the service and sacrifice. >> she is so good with young people. she sees herself in them. she treats the young children the way she treats her own kids. they look at her as their mom because she is a moism it's a natural for me to see her getting the kids out there, exercising exercising and moving around itch the best way to take care of yourself is to take care of yourself -- eat better, exercise more. >> it's about understanding the
whole child and how the child develops and put the child in a position to be successful. >> she wanted it to be fun, let's come up with "let's move" -- it's such a great way. it's something we do together. >> sheas a strong woman. physically, obviously. [rocky theme. >> i think you can do more pushups than i can do. >> i thought it wouldn't be good to show off the first lady, so i stopped. >> i have seen lead by example, get right into it, pull up your sleeve, hula hooping, jump-roping first lady. i think that's what we need. >> hello, mrs. obama. >> hey, dave. >> and the number-1 fun fact about gardening? >> with enough care and effort, you can grow your ownbo
barack-olli. >> we made a garden and we harvest it. >> a lot of carrots, peas. >> exercise more and eat healthier. >> you really are a wonderful woman. >> i think you are the perfect wife for obama. >> i am barack obama and this is my wife michelle. >> hey. i'm his date. >> family. there is nothing more important to her than her children and her marriage and mermom and making sure that that all works together. >> she was very clear. mom. i heard it. she came in and said we are going on make sure our kids are okay. >> i think every parent thinks their kids are fabulous and remarkable, special. my kids are fabulous and
remarkable and special. and the reason they are is because of michelle. i always say that in our household, she's the conductor i am second fiddle. >> barack always gives me so much credit for who our girls have become, but let me tell you, our girls wouldn't be who they are without a man in their life who loves them deeply. >> what i love about my wife more than anything is she knows what's important. she knows that the best and most important legacy in anybody's life is making sure your kids turn out all right. they have good values. they are kind. they are caring. what is very gratifying to me is that i know the girls at this point are going to be fine because they have the best mom in the world. [cheers and applause]
>> please welcome elaine brine from ohio. >> wow. what's a mom like me doing in a place like this? i am not even a political person. but what i am is a military mom. [cheers and applause] my husband and i are so proud of our five kids. one each in the army, the navy, the air force, and the marines. our youngest is still in high school. and yes, we're hoping he will join the coast guard. [laughter]
>> they are a mom's most precious treasures. and i don't know when i am going on get them together again because one of them is always deploying. but because of dr. biden and the first lady, our lives are a little bit easier, along with president obama, they have made helping military families a top priority. they have brought together the american people, including thousands of businesses, to become part of a nationwide support network. it is honor and respect in action. and it warm this is mother's heart. it warms this mother's heart. last december, i wrote michelle obama a christmas card, just a mom-to-mom note to say thank you
for caring, the first lady not only read my letter, she invited my husband and i to the white house. it was an amazing experience. but what is even more amazing is knowing that our commander in chief and first lady are thinking about families like mine every single day. so...: like i said, i am not a political person. but i'm a mom. and if someone is there for my family and families like mine, then i will be there for them. that's why i am so proud to introduce my fellow mom and our first lady, michelle obama -- [cheering]
>> i want to start by thanking elaine. elaine, thank you so much. we're so grateful for your family's service and sacrifice. and we will always have your back. [cheering] over the past few years as first lady, i have had the extraordinary privilege of traving all across this country. and everywhere i have gone and the people vimet and the stories i have heard, i have seen the very best of the american spirit. i have seen it in the ipcredible
kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls. i have seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay. viseen it in people who become heros in a moment's notice, diving into harm's way to save others, flying across the country to put out a fire, driving for hours to bail out a flooded town. and i have seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families. in wounded warriors who tell me, they're not just going to walk again, they are going to run and they are going to run marathons. in the young man blinded by a bomb in afghanistan who said, simply, i would give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what i have done and what i can still do.
every day the people i meet inspire me. every day they make me proud. every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth. serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had some concerns about this journey we had begun. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this counselry and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight? how will they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known? see, our life before moving to washington was filled with
simple joys. saturdays at soccer games, sundays at grandma's house and a date night for barack and me was dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply loved the man i had built that life with. and i didn't want that thotochange if he became president. i loved barack just the way he was. you see, even back then, when barack was a senator and a presidential candidate, to me he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, i could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he
found in a dumpster. and whose only pair of decent shoes was a half size too small. but see, when barack started telling me about his family -- see, now that's when i knew i had found a kindread spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine. you see, barack and i were both raised with family who is didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions, but who had given us something far more valuable, their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves. my father was a pump operator at the city water plant. he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when my brother and i were young. even as a kid, i knew there were plenty of day when is he was in
pain. i knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to get out of bed. but every morning, i watched my father wake up with a smile. grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink and slowly shave and button his uniform. and when he returned home after a long day's work, my brother and i would stand at the top of the stairs of our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him, watching as he reached down to lift one leg and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms. but despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work. he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of. and when my brother and i finally made it to college, nearly all of our tuition came from student loans and grants,
but my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself. and every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short. he was so proud to be accepting his kids to college and he made sure, we never missed a registration deadline because his check was late. you see, for my dad, that's what it meant to be a man. like so many of us... that was the measure of his success in life. being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family. and as i got to know barack, i realized that even though he had grown up all the way across the country, he bye-bye brought up just like me. barack was raised by a single mom who struggled to pay the bills and by grandparent who is stepped in when she needed help.
barack's grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank. and she moved quickly up the ranks, but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling. and for years, men no more qualified than she was -- men she had actually trained, were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money, while barack's family continued to scrape by. but day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus, arriving at work before anyone else, giving her best without complaint or regret and she would often tell barack, so long as you kids do well, that's all that really matters. like so many american families, our families weren't asking for much. they didn't begrudge anyone else's success or care that others had much more than they did. in fact, they admired it.
they simply believed in that fundamental american promise that even if you don't start out with much, if you work hard and do what you are supposed to do, you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. that's how they raised us. that's what we learned from their example. we learned about dignity and decency. that how hard you work matters more than how much you make. that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. we learned about honesty and integrity, that the truth matter s -- that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules. that it doesn't count unless you
earn it fair and square. we learned about gratitude and humility, that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitor who is kept our school clean. and we would value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect. those are the values that barack and i and so many of you are trying to pass on to our own children. that is who we are. and standing before you four years ago, i knew that i didn't want any of that to change if barack became president. well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways i never could have imagined, i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change you who are.
no, it reveals who you are. >> you know, the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer am the judgment calls where the stakes are so high and there is no margin for error. as president, you are going to get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. but at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision and the life experiences that make you who you are.
so when it comes to rebuilding our economy, barack is thinking about folks like my dad and his grandmother. he is thinking about the pride that comes from a long day's work. that's why he led the fair pay act, to let women get equal pay for equal work. [cheers and applause] >> that's why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to give the auto industry back on its feet. that's how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again, jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs, right here in the united states of america. when it comes to the health of our families, barack refused to listen to all of those folk who is told him to leave health reform for another day, another
president. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically, no, that's not how he was raised. he cared that it was the right thing to do. he did it because he believes that here in america, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine, our kids should be able to see a doctor when they are sick and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or an illness. and he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. [cheering] >> that's what my husband stands for!
when it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could have attended college without financial aid. and believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. yeah, we were so young, so in love and so in debt... and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. so in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political, they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he know what is it means to want something more for your kids and
grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lilled it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love... [cheering] >> and he believes that when you work hard and have done well and walk through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. no, you reach back. and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed!
so when people ask me whether being in the white house has changed my husband, i can honestly say that when it comes to his character and his convictions and his heart, barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with all those years ago. yeah. he is the same man who started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods, where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work because for barack, success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives. [cheering]
he is the same man, he is the same man when our girls were first born when anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to insure that they were still brooking, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew. you see, that's the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering questions about issues in the news, strategizing about middle-class friendships... that's the man i see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him, the letter from the father struggling to pay his bills, from the woman dying of cancer, whose insurance company won't cover her care, from the young people with so much promise but so few opportunities
and i see the concern in his eyes and i hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, michelle. it's not right. we have to keep working to fix this. we have so much more to do. [cheering] i see -- [crowd chanting four more years] >> i see... i see how those stories...: [four more years]. >> i see how those stories, our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams, i see how that is what drives barack obama every single day.
and i didn't think that it was possible, but let me tell you, today, i love my husband even more than i did four years ago. even more than i did 23 years ago when we first met! let me tell you why! see, i love that he has never forgotten how he started. i love that we can trust barack to do what he says he's going to do, even when it's hard -- especially when it's hard. yeah, i love that for barack, there is no such thing as us and them. he doesn't care whether you are a democrat, a republican or none of the above, he knows that we all love our country. and he is always ready to lich to good ideas. he is always looking for the very best in everyone he meets. and i love that even in the toughest moments when we are all sweating it, when we are worried that the bill won't pass and it
seems like all is lost. see barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. no. just like his grandmother, he keeps getting up and moving forward with patience and wisdom and courage and grace, as he reminds me, he reminds me that we are playing a long game here and that change is hard and change is slow and it's never happening all at once, but evtually, we get there. we always do. we get there because of folks like my dad, folks like barack's grandmother. men and women who said to themselves, i may not have a chance to fulfill my dreams, but maybe my children will, maybe my grandchildren will. see, so many of us stand here tonight because of their
sacrifice and longing and steadfast love because time and again, they swallowed their fears and doubts and did what was hard. so today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming or even impossible, let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation. it is who we are as americans. it is how this country was built! cheering [cheering] >> if our parents and grandparents could toil and trouble for us and raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, connect the world with a touch of a button, then
surely, we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids, right? and if so many brave men and women could wear our country's uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights, then surely we can do our parts as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights. surely, we can get to the polls on election day and make our voices heard! [cheering] if farmers and black smiths could win independence from an empire, if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores if women could be drags to jail for seeking the vote,
if a generation could defeat a depression and define greatness for all time, if a young preacher could lift us to the mountain top with his righteous dreams and if proud americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love, then, surely, surely, we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great american dream. because in the end, in the end, more than anything else, that is the story of this country. the story of unwaivering hope rounded in unyielding
struggle. that is what made my story and barack's story and other american stories possible. let me tell you something. i say all of this tonight not just as first lady, no. not just as a wife, you see... at the end of the day, my moat important title is still mom in chief. my daughters are still the heart of my heart. and the center of my world. but let me tell you today i have none of those worries from four years ago. no. not about whether barack were doing what is best for our girls. because today, i know from experience that if i truly want to leave a better world for my daughters and for all of our sons and daughters, if
we want to give all of our children a foundation for their dreams, and an opportunities worthy of their promise, if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility, the belief that here in america there is something better out there, if you're willing to work for it, then we must work like never before. and we must once again come together, and stand together, for the man we can trust. to keep moving this great country world. my husband, our president, barack obama. thank you. god bless you. god bless america. [ cheering ].
>> first lady michelle obama giving rousing remarks to the crowd here, very well received. she spoke of her and the president's humble beginnings talking about he picked her up in a rusted out car. his proudest possession was his coffee table retrieved from a dumpster and how their family never begrudged anyone else's success. the theme of the speech is opportunity. how everyone -- the president wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity talking about how you walk through the doorway f opportunity you do not slam it behind you. and the key note speaker talked about ensuring opportunity in this country and saying republicans are focused on individual success but the question really is... how do we multiply that success? bret? >> bret: her brother, craig in the suite there. we're told the president and
the girls as well as mrs. robinson watched from the white house tonight cheering the first lady on. and it was a speech highly personal. laced with, as you mention td humble beginning stories and she did say a number of times change is hard. and a message that will try to attract challenges this president has facing this economy. i will say one line i could almost see the republicans raising eye brows up in washington that was this line... for barack there is no such thing as us and them, he doesn't care whether you're a democrat or republican or none of the above. i think that the republican reaction to that might be different than what we saw in this hall. judging by what happened on capitol hill over the past couple years. >> it reminds you of his key note address catapulted him into national fame when barack obama spoke it was a message
he brought in 20092008 but one people have questioned since he became president. >> chris wallace is standing by at podium position near the convention floor. chris? >> you know, bret, it's interesting. the evening began, the obama campaign said that michelle obama is, according to polls most popular political figure in this country. and you can understand why. it's interesting. we got the text well before she delivered it. i thought it was an okay speech. as you heard her delivery it was just masterful. she was reading from a teleprompter but you couldn't tell. it seemed to come from her heart and very much seemed to affect the crowd. the obama campaign said she would act as a character witness for her husband. and a very powerful witness she was. she talked about his values and struggles the way he made decisions and policies she -- he had taken. she got a big applause from the crowd being president doesn't change who you are.
it reveals who you are. he knows the american dream because he's lived it. i've got to say listening closely one of the thing that's struck me is all about government. and what she talked at the beginning about the people who showed the best of the american spirit she talked about teachers and first responders and military, all very admirable professions but all government. when she talked about ways to build the middle class, waits all about the auto bailout and student loans and health care reform. once again, all government programs. and that was a subtle subtext of the speech. and other thing i've noticed. you talked about the line we're all one america, that hasn't been the way this president has run the campaign ch. has been quite sharp, partisan and negative. other thing i noticed is that one point she said our families didn't begrudge anyone else's success, they
admired it. as if she was trying to fire back at what republicans have been saying about the democrats and class warfare at their convention, but later in the speech said success isn't about how much money you make. it's what the difference -- it's about the difference you make in peoples lives. finally, having been in tampa last weekend, and this week, just a change, the difference in tone and philosophy. the, you can hear it in the crass stro speech, reliance on government, central role it plays and their vision of america very different from what we heard from republicans last week in tampa. bret, back to you. >> bret: chris, thank you. >> is it just me did you see a lawyer standing next to a stenographer making a final argument? brings me back. >> very positive response here from the floor. and very enthusiastic from people listening to this, you
heard a lot of things have surfaced during the war on women argument. and one of the things they made a big point about is barack obama's grandmother took the bus to her job at the bank. and that she was passed over for promotions by men who had done, you know, who were not people that had succeeded or should have succeeded before her, so a lot of points along those lines that you need to get a fair shake and definitely the suggestion that government is what has to provide that fair shake for people in america. and that michelle obama is arguing her husband is the person who can do that. when i think back to republican convention and think about ann romney's speech, it really was about personal strength. and embracing success. and individual merit. the importance of individual merit in the united states. so that really is the line that has been drawn here in terms of policy sign and america getting back on its feet.
very different vision for country. and very well laid out by both of the women, one, the first lady, one who would like to be. back to you. >> thank you. >> and back to the panel. carl rove, and brit human, your thoughts? >> first thought when i see her is that this is an extremely impressive woman. and i think that i agree with chris entirely. that she in delivering it was better than the speech. the one thing, and one thing very to note is that one thing seems to be happening and you saw some of the republican conventions well they get into a derby. each, every speaker seems to be trying to best the previous one in the limited things they had growing up. i mean, i knew barack obama did not grow up rich but i never knew until tonight that he went dumpster diving for furniture and that he drove a rusted out out car and shoes didn't fit that. is news to me. you know?
i guess i admire him all the more. >> and ann and mitt romney ate dinner on the ironing board and sawdust bottom. >> there is plenty from both. and one thing michelle obama did was she vouched for her husband as a loving husband and a man of character and she spoke with feeling and conviction about that. it was impressive. you didn't get any sense from this speech tonight at all of where he wants to take country next. that that was utterly absent. that may not have been part of the assigned role there will be time for him to do that but she did not do that. you did have, as chris pointed out effectively a whole series of things we've talked about in every single one of them did relate to government there. is no mention i can recall of any moment about the private sector. which drives and finances all of this government that we hear so much about. >> your thoughts on that piece of it? the numerous mentions of government. and as related to what mayor
castro talked about because he had a line in his speech. he said if we receiver the threads that connect us, only those ahead sauk seed. he seemed to be talking about government. >> right. that was clearly the theme that united both speeches. the contrast between mitt romney and barack obama. and one of the key reasons they continue to do this is that women they're trying to reach, unmarried women are the people who see the government as their safety net. they really feel vul neverable so they want to know the government is going to be there for them. i that i it's not an accident that this is woven true through everything. i think that michelle was brilliant. she was warm. and you can see sort of yin and yang with michelle and barack obama. she is the warmth and makes him more likeable because he's a cool customer. she really just brought a personal limt to it. appealed to women through mom
in chief, brought up the glass ceiling. there are a lot of thing that's appeal to women. >> you mentioned reproductive rights. >> absolutely. >> right. you know this point about government matters a lot. i thought it was particularly aparent in mayor castro's key note. i thought was a average speech. but there is a tension between personal narrative. his grand mother's sacrifice as being a cook, a made and a baby-sitter in order to give he and his brother and mother a chance to move ahead for them to move ahead. is add odds with political narrative which he said you know roads and bridges, universities and schools predate jobs and opportunities. and then, he got to the extraordinary line of the night. how do we multiply individual success. the answer is president barack obama. the person fiction of our
success is in the president spriks me as weird is this the beginning of the response to "you ddn't build that". >> it's the roads and bridges, universities and schools predate jobs and success. individual success. and i'm not sure that syncs in with average people. >> i thought that this speech by the first lady was very well delivered. but i thought the parts of it that were devoted to her personal story, you know his upbringing that was very g when she ventured into political sphere it wasn't as good by b.a quarter way through she had nine jentszs which is a list of achievements well received but i'm not sure well received out in the country. sort of jarring and repeated again, she had 10 sentences devoted to barack obama the politician. you hit on the best one of the night. he doesn't care whether you're democrat or republican. he knows we love our country. he's ready to listen to good ideas. tell that to paul ryan invited
by the president to sit in the front row at george washington university to call his budget proposal unamerican. i mean, it's not sure that that is how the president does. she was a better wait -- witness for him as a individual. not as a political actor. >> we're going to wrap up and hit charles krauthammer on the other side of the break. final thoughts from you two in 10 seconds? >> i think this convention is off to a pretty good start. i thought mayor castro made a good speech. i must say i'm growing weary of everybody talking about what humble beginnings they had. interesting to note he said that they had a remarkable, said nothing special about the upbringing. people may be getting tired of that. but michelle obama big hit in the hall. i'm sure people thought how impressive she was. >> i think mayor castro, i think a star was born. i think he did a great speech. and he can't compare it to obama's speech which is a
soaring speech when he gave it but it hit the point there. is a lot about american exceptionalism in there throughout the speech. he balanced out idea that this is a great country because we don't leave each other out there by ourselves we do support each other z that is a critical part to people's success. >> it's interesting is that they spend so much money in trying to paint mitt romney as a vulture and corporate raider, man may be responsible for a woman's death from cancer. the key note speaker got up there and called haim good guy. one good guy coming up right after the break is charles crat hammer, we hope you'll stay with us here in charlotte, north carolina. we asked over 3,000 doctors to review 5-hour energy
welcome back to our coverage of the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. charles krauthammer joins us live. your thoughts on the evening? >> well, let me say in the beginning i'm with brit. if i hear one more story of people walking eight miles in the snow, without shoes both ways i'm going start longing for clint eastwood out here. and i mean it's not only scripted in the sense of how speeches are arranged, having video with you but the stories are the same except sometimes there is a hispanic continuing, african american continuing. and a slant to it. but that is what everybody suspects that.
is what you get. none theless boy say within that, and despite the repetition that have, michelle obama's speech i thought was a brilliant speech, and brilliantly delivered. i read a few of those and have written a couple myself. i thought what was smart is that you start with personal stuff, effective stuff, then, evolves into a speech about why obama does what he does. all of the other speakers would talk about what obama does. achievement and legislation and whatever. the political implications. her whole hat was to say why, her answer was, why? because he's a saint. because of his upbringing and because of his emotions and because of his humanity he does this because he cares and the brilliance of it is this. it drained ob yaum of any ideological, motivation or any
having to do with self interest or ambition. which i think is sort of more plausible explanation. he's a man highly liked and ideological. a man of the left sees the role of the government as reorderering society in a way to make it more just as he understands it. and also, extremely ambitious a self made man makes himself out of nothing rises out of nowhere. and all of that in her telling doesn't even exist. the only reason he does what he does, he cares about women, he cares about immigrants. he cares about the poor. he cares, he cares. she told the story of a gaundy. looking at the scene, looking at how he's conducted himself if the presidency and campaign, with ruthlessness and determination and drive it's not quite a plausible story. i'm sure in the arena it was a plausible story. i saw the tears but i'm afraid,
i thought it's a great speech but i didn't buy a line of it. >> charles, last week, republicans talked a lot about how in this country we don't demonize success. tonight the speaker seemed to say we agree but we're talking about creating opportunity for others to be successful. did they do an effective job of rebutting that argument? >> no. i'm not sure that they'll ever be able to effectivelee give a rebuttal because of what obama said from his words openly, straight forwardly. you didn't build it. it is all the work. the credit all belongs to government, etc.. i think that they tried to. and you heard the mayor, mayor castro speak about investment and opportunity. as producing prosperity. that is a theme of the speech. and investment is the liberal
democratic word for spending. they spoke endlessly of spending on this and that. the government doing this. the government doing thats a way to achieve what needs to be achieved. idea there is any individual behind sit lost in their explanations. so i think if anything it reenforced a noigs noegs they're government centered z they're understanding of society. >> charles, as always, thank you very much. we'll see you tomorrow on special report. one thing the romney campaign just released a statement saying what charles said. not a single speaker uttered words americans are better off than four years ago. there was a night ffl of tributes to government as a solution to every problem going as far as to say government is the only thing we all belong to. government belongs to the american people. >> now, details on how people on twitter are responding
tonight. chris? >> thank you. and twitter is blowing up tonight. michelle obama a popular figure in the twitter verse had a big night on twitter. to give you an idea, what we measured with our partners at twitter among 140 million active twitter users how many tweets went out minute by minute during the speech? to give you a frame of rever yens, -- rev yens, last week there was 75. weet get this, here are the top three moments. she talked about hard work and importance of hard work, 18669. then, she talked about the american dream and how her husband lived that out in his life, boom. 2 is 577. and then, probably no surprise, for a lot of democrats, on twitter, when she talked about four more years. 22004, blowing away her husband's total frtz state of
the union. huge, huge numbers we're not used to seeing. in terms of positive or negative sentiment and how people are feeling we watched twitter index and here is what we saw. she got a bounce not as big as ann romney's but she was a popular figure. >> chris, thank you. >> and that is it from us. on the record with greta van sus stren starts right after the break. we have a big couple day as head with president clinton tomorrow, a big speech here. >> not to mention elizabeth warren and joe biden and president obama thursday night. hope to see you keep it right here on fox news channel. >> aouncer: meet tom, a proud dad whose online friends all "like" the photos he's posting. oscar likes tom's photos, but he loves the access to tom's personal information.
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